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The Guidance Department is located in Room 226 at Rock Island High School. It houses four counselors and our Registrar, Mrs. Patty Mewes.  We have numerous college catalogs and videos for students’ use, as well as a computer so that students may research educational topics. 

To contact the Counseling Office, call:  (309) 793-5950, ext. 2010

What Is A School Counselor?

A school counselor is a person who is specially trained to help students realize their full potential as unique individuals.  A counselor can help students deal with personal problems and concerns.

As your counselors, we are available to help you make decisions, and we provide an atmosphere to discuss personal feelings and explore alternatives.  We are here to help you learn about yourself and develop a positive self-concept.

A counselor is first and foremost a student advocate; a student’s personal development and fulfillment are a counselor’s main concern.

If a counselor is unable to help in a particular situation, they will refer students to someone who can.

A counselor makes every effort to be non-judgmental, and to create an atmosphere where students can grow and develop in positive ways.

In other words, when the pressures of life, such as selecting a college, looking for a career or just needing someone to talk to…your counselor is there for you.

Patty Mewes (ext. 2010)
Mrs. Mewes is the secretary in the Counseling Office in addition to being the Registrar at Rock Island High School.  She will be the one to contact should you need a transcript sent for you. 

Jennifer Page-Pierson: A – C (ext. 2017)
Mrs. Page-Pierson is in her 19th year as a counselor at Rock Island High School after serving as an English teacher here for nine years.  She is responsible for Financial Aid Night, PSAT 10, PSAT National Merit, and is the contact for the Black Hawk Area Career Center.

Julie Churchill: D – I (ext. 2018)
Ms. Churchill is in her 1st year as a counselor at Rock Island High School.   She was previously employed at Morrison High School for three years. Among her duties, Ms. Churchill will be working with scholarships and SAT testing.

Dail Rice: J - MOA (ext. 2030)
Mr. Rice is in his 2nd year as a counselor at Rock Island High School.  He is a 2004 graduate of Rock Island High School and has been an elementary counselor in RIMSD 41district for 5 years.  Mr. Rice will handle PSAT 9, is on the AVID committee, and will be assisting the Freshmen Academy Coordinator.

Thom Sigel: MOB – SEH (ext. 2014)
Mr. Sigel is in his 19th year as a counselor at Rock Island High School.  He works with Registration, the Senior Recognition Assembly, NCAA information, and ACT tests.

Kelly Preston: SEI – Z (ext. 2031)
Mrs. Preston begins his 8th year as a counselor at Rock Island High School.  She has previously been a counselor at Prophetstown High School and Galesburg High School.  She oversees Black Hawk College Dual Credit, PSAT testing, AP Testing, and the SAT.

TBD (ext. 2021)